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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: Change in small doses

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) It's no secret that smartphones have tended to get sleeker and less obtrusive over time. Screens are growing, but bezels are shrinking. In a very real way, the boundaries between us and our information -- our apps, our contacts, our very desires repr...



View Strava workout maps in 3D thanks to Apple's ARKit

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

(image) Strava has long been a popular choice for running and cycling enthusiasts to track and share their workouts. The service and app can be found on quite a few devices, including Apple Watch, Garmin fitness trackers and Peloton's stationary bikes for sp...



The Morning After: Tuesday, September 19th 2017

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

(image) Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We have some bad news from Toys 'R' Us, CCleaner and Equifax, but at least Galaxy S8 owners can disable the Bixby button, and Jerry Seinfeld's latest stand-up is available on Netflix.



US Navy will use Xbox controllers to steer submarine periscopes

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:22:00 -0400

(image) The Pentagon might have to buy Xbox controllers en masse in the future if the military ends up using them to control its laser weapons and other equipment. In fact, the US Navy will begin stocking its modernized Virginia-class submarines with them, s...



'Zone of the Enders' PS4 remaster adds PSVR support

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:19:00 -0400

(image) It's been a while since we've seen or heard anything about Zone of the Enders. The mech classic was created by Hideo Kojima, best known for the Metal Gear series, for the PS2 in 2001. A GBA spin-off was released six months later, followed by Zone of...



'Neko Atsume' is coming to PlayStation VR in 2018

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:58:00 -0400

(image) Neko Atsume was the smartphone hit where you collected and fed cats. That was... mostly it. It also took over the lives of several of my friends, and was huge enough to warrant a movie spin-off in Japan. Apt, then, that Tokyo Game Show is where PlayS...



Niantic's next AR game after ‘Pokémon Go’ may use audio cues

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:24:00 -0400

(image) Niantic is keen to prove that it's no one-trick pony. The company that brought augmented reality mobile gaming to the masses with Pokémon Go is dropping some interesting tidbits about its followup. The title will integrate audio prompts into i...



Apple slowly lets its 'TV' streaming app expand beyond the US

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:01:00 -0400

(image) Apple's 'TV' app has begun showing up outside the US, signaling the start of the rollout it promised during its latest iPhone event. According to MacRumors and 9to5Mac, the app has already appeared for some users in Australia and Canada ahead of tvOS...



August's latest smart locks warn if you left the door open

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 -0400

(image) If you've lived on this planet long enough, you've probably had that moment where you thought you'd closed the door on your way out, only to find out that it didn't quite shut. But how are you supposed to know if no one's at home to tell you, and eve...



Get a glimpse of the music behind ultra-hard platformer ‘Cuphead’

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:46:00 -0400

(image) Cuphead will probably be equally remembered for two things: Its already-infamous punishing difficulty and its gorgeous hand-drawn look. But folks shouldn't count out its delightful big band/swing soundtrack, which pairs perfectly with the game's 1930...



Gmail finally turns addresses and phone numbers into links

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:42:00 -0400

(image) Next time someone emails you an address, you no longer have to copypaste it on Maps after viewing it on Gmail or Inbox. Google has rolled out an update that gives its mail apps the power to turn addresses, phone numbers and email addresses into hyper...



‘NBA 2K18’ gets emergency patch to fix data-wiping Xbox One bug

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:40:00 -0400

(image) 2K Sports' latest basketball title, NBA 2K18, had a serious zero day bug that wiped away user progress, items and in-game currency in the online MyCareer mode. While it reportedly only affects players on Xbox One, both console versions are got a patc...



What's on TV: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'Transparent'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:18:00 -0400

(image) This week we'll finally get a peek at the newest Star Trek series, as Discovery premieres on CBS, before moving exclusively to streaming via CBS All Access. Speaking of streaming, this week Netflix premieres its Jerry Seinfeld comedy special, plus th...



Toys ‘R’ Us has declared bankruptcy

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:22:00 -0400

(image) Toys 'R' Us might file for bankruptcy as soon as today, according to Bloomberg. That should help the toy giant restructure the $400 million in debt that comes due for it next year, which it was saddled with after getting bought out a decade ago. Whil...



Red Sox reportedly cheated with a Fitbit, not an Apple Watch

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:40:00 -0400

(image) Reports that the Boston Red Sox cheated in games with an Apple Watch may have been slightly off the mark. A source speaking to Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo claims that the team used a Fitbit device, not Apple's smartwatch. It's not certa...



Pi can wirelessly charge your phone from a short distance

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:09:00 -0400

(image) Despite Apple finally releasing phones with wireless charging, the technology has actually been around for several years. And the fact is, charging via a pad is still kind of a pain -- you can't really use them when they're being charged and you eith...



Facebook moderators were reportedly not prepared to catch Russian ads

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:27:00 -0400

(image) Facebook's admission that Russian-linked advertisers spent $100,000 on ads leading up to and after the 2016 presidential election has led to serious questions about their effects. But how did they make it through the social network's filters? Four an...



Verizon cutoffs mark an uncertain future for rural customers

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:55:00 -0400

(image) Last week, some Verizon customers in rural areas received unexpected news. The carrier would be terminating their service as of October 17th because they were using a "significant amount of data while roaming off the Verizon Wireless network." These...



Pepe the Frog creator battles the 'alt-right' through copyright law

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:34:00 -0400

(image) Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has long been unhappy with how the "alt-right" hijacked his friendly amphibian for hateful memes, going so far as to declare their uses "illegal" and to kill off the character in a symbolic gesture. And now, he's fulf...



Color's breast and ovarian cancer DNA test is $99 through October

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:03:00 -0400

(image) During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) and Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), genetic testing company Color is reducing the price of its new BRCA Test. The test -- which looks for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are linke...



PGA Tour taps Intel for VR coverage of six upcoming tournaments

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:41:00 -0400

(image) Intel has been powering virtual reality sports viewing for some time now. The chip maker has enabled VR for the Olympics, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, and has taken virtual reality to the golf course with the PGA. It's this...



Shure puts its pro-audio chops to work in $100 Bluetooth earbuds

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:22:00 -0400

(image) Shure, the UK audio company that made its bones early in the middle of the 20th century with its iconic Unidyne grill microphones, got into producing high-end earphones and headsets in the late 1990s. The company is finally joining the rest of the au...



Lyft thinks it can fix Los Angeles traffic with fewer lanes

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:01:00 -0400

(image) For the past several decades, cities have designed streets around the assumption that they'll be used for personal cars. If you need a poster child for this, you just have to look at Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard -- it has a whopping 10 lanes for v...



Intel's self-driving tech will make Waymo vehicles fully autonomous

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:40:00 -0400

(image) Intel has been so committed to break into the self-driving car market that it bought autonomous tech-maker MobilEye for $15 billion earlier this year. While Intel's tech has powered Waymo's test fleet of autonomous Chrysler minivans for a while, the...



Equifax stock sales prompt DOJ investigation for insider trading

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:21:00 -0400

(image) Things are about to get even worse for Equifax, and rightfully so. According to reports from Bloomberg, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened a criminal investigation into Equifax officials' stock sales just before the announcement of the sec...